- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Red Hen Press; 1 edition (Aug. 1 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597097225
- ISBN-13: 978-1597097222
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 90.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,322,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jessica Piazza’s brilliantly conceived debut collection, Interrobang, is a stunning sequence of (primarily) sonnets that unfolds with both a mature formal acuity and a profound philosophical sophistication. It is an absolute tour de force. These poems emerge as reflections of a kaleidoscopic self as they interrogate those fears and desires that drive and haunt us. Whatever the answers might be to these exclamatory questions, the speaker of these beautiful and troubling poems knows she has only one response available to herto continue regardless, and to persevere.”
David St. John
Jessica Piazza leaps fully-armed from the head (and heady tradition) of linguistic-trickster poets like Father Hopkins and Heather McHugh. Interrobang hits the ground running, lobbing bolts of syntactical lightning, taking the reader hostage to the most dazzling radical harmoniesa word-music that shakes us awake, powers new insightsstands us on the very edge of a rock n’ roll minefield, waving a white flag. We give in! We got it! This is great poetry!”
What an ear, here! Jessica Piazza’s poems are such etched, alive word sculptures, crystal prism poems of love and longing and punch.”
Jessica Piazza is an heir of Hopkins, a poet engaging generously in metaphysical struggle. In this unusually deft book, she sets out to offer her voice on the altar of iambic pentameter and shares the fears she encounters there with quirky, firm metrical dexterity and breathtakingly succinct wit. Interrobang is a serious accomplishment.”
Interrobang thrums gorgeouslyeach page is full-throated and sexy. It’s a yearning yo-yo, a gemlike cutting through our loves and fears. It is a book rabid with life. Piazza’s razor-sharp collection weaves and knots the unknowable with a jubilance and wit too rare in contemporary poetry. Interrobang is fantastic debut collection.”
Alex Lemon, author of Happy: A Memoir and Fancy Beasts
Many of these poems are brave and sensuous, and it’s refreshing to see Piazza capturing not so much her shifting emotions as her understanding of them Promising work from a writer worth watching.”
Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal
About the Author
Jessica Piazza was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has a BS in Journalism from Boston University, an MA in Creative Writing from the UT Austin, and is a PhD candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She co-founded Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, is a contributing editor at The Offending Adam, and has blogged for The Best American Poetry and Barrelhouse. Her work has appeared in Agni, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, National Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, Rattle, Hobart, and Forklift, Ohio, among other journals. She is the winner of the 2011 A Room of Her Own Foundation To the Lighthouse Publication Prize. Interrobang is her first collection of poems.
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Perhaps most impressively, Ms. Piazza has a rigorous approach to form, crafting poems that are rhythmically and metrically amazing, where so many "modern" poets won't or don't. And the truth is, with language that caresses at times like classical sonnets and at other times hits like rap, the perfection of form and meter can almost be taken for granted (but shouldn't!).
All in all, this is an impressive, beautiful, and beautifully honest volume of poetry.